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Citation: Beck, Isabel, McKeown, Margaret, & Kucan, Linda. (2008). Creating Robust Vocabulary: Frequently Asked Questions & Extended Examples. New York, NY: Guildford Press.

Title: Creating Robust Vocabulary: Frequently Asked Questions and Extended Examples
Year: 2008
Publisher: Guildford Press
City: New York
Medium: Book
Author(s): Beck, Isabel
Kucan, Linda
McKeown, Margaret
Grades: Kindergarten to Twelfth Grade
Category: Teaching Vocabulary English Language Learners and Writing
Annotation: This book was written in response to many questions posed to Isabel Beck, Margaret McKeown and Linda Kucan in response to their first book, "Bringing Words to Life" as educators tried to implement the strategies and ideas presented in that resource. Each chapter is framed around questions that have surfaced for that particular topic. The chapters are:

• Vocabulary and Its Effects
• Which Words (to teach)?
• The Basics: When and How to Teach
• Some Nitty-Gritties of Instruction
• What about English Language Learners?
• Extended Examples
• Professional Development

In the last chapter, “Professional Development”, the authors share extensive examples of instruction for K-3, Grades 4 – 5, Grades 6 – 8, and Grades 9 -12. For each age ranges, they present:

• a sample literary text, a reflective process to guide you through selecting tier two words (which was described in Bringing Words to Life)
• another process to select words about the story, a process for crafting student-friendly explanations about the selected words
• tables of various definitions of those words and how they can be adjusted to be more student friendly
• a process for developing an activity for students to interact with word meanings
• suggestions for follow up activities
• a suggestion for developing an assessment.

The appendix includes a “Menu of Instructional Activities” with variations on the ideas in the book and a list of children’s literature to use to teach vocabulary each age range.